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Here we are again after the Golden Globes, Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Poll: What’s Your Favorite Harold Ramis Movie?
Given his status as a trailblazer, it’s no surprise that Hollywood bizzers — especially those of the comedic variety — have come out in droves to tweet or type out their thoughts about Ramis and his legacy.
“Harold Ramis and I together did ‘The National Lampoon’ show off-Broadway, ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Stripes,’ ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day,’” said Bill Murray. “He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”
“Harold Ramis made almost every movie which made me want to become a comedy director,” Judd Apatow said. “‘Animal House,’ ‘Stripes,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Vacation,’ ‘Groundhog Day.’ These films are the touchstones of our lives. I interviewed him when I was 16 years old for my high school radio station and he could not have been more gracious and hilarious. »
- Alex Stedman
Harold Ramis passed away today at the age of 69.
The veteran director and actor was known for films including Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, Analyze This and Analyze That, all four of which he wrote and directed, and notably for his role as Dr Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters.
Following the news, tributes have poured in from Ramis's friends and colleagues across Hollywood.
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis.
— Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) February 24, 2014
Instead of Wednesday's comic, this is what will be put up. I'm sharing it now because reasons. Rip Harold Ramis :_( pic.twitter.com/bV8daK8PD2
— Ash Vickers (@Mega_Ashra) February 25, 2014
Sad to hear my friend Harold Ramis
passed away. A brilliant, funny, actor and
director. A wonderful husband and dad.
Big loss to us all. bc
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) February 24, 2014
Egon was my favourite Ghostbuster. »
After portraying slick, ambitious FBI agent Anthony Amado in David O. Russell’s acclaimed crime caper American Hustle, which won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and is currently up for 10 Academy Awards, Alessandro Nivola has booked another buzzy period pic: J.C. Chandor’s New York crime drama A Most Violent Year.
The film, set in the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in New York history, follows a family of immigrants who attempt to create a prospering business without getting dragged into the crime, corruption and decay of the day. Oscar Isaac stars alongside Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks and David Oyelowo.
Nivola joins the cast as Peter Forente, a heating oil distributor and a competitor to Isaac’s character. Given Nivola’s penchant for playing sleazy characters, I’d imagine Forente will be one of the film’s main antagonists, »
- Isaac Feldberg
• LeBron James is getting ready to make his big-screen debut (not as Bane). The NBA superstar could be starring in a Warner Bros. sequel to the 1996 film Space Jam, that Dick Ebersol’s sons — Charlie and Willie — are developing. Michael Jordan appeared in the first film, which grossed $90.4 million domestically and earned a D+ review from EW. In her review, Lisa Schwartzbaum called it an “87-minute novelty act that grew out of a TV commercial for sneakers.” [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Jessica Chastain shared the above picture of her in period garb for director J.C. Chandor in his latest film, A Most Violent Year Chastain completed production on the thriller, which is set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history. Expected to hit theaters later this year, Chastain co-stars in the film with Oscar Isaac, Alfred Molina and Albert Brooks as the film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. A24 will handle the domestic release and I have to assume a Toronto or New York Film Festival premiere will be the play. Meanwhile, A24 tweeted out the following pic of a clapperboard from the film's shoot. »
- Brad Brevet
A first-look image has arrived of Jessica Chastain in "All Is Lost" director J.C. Chandor's newest endeavor, "A Most Violent Year." The period crime drama has been in production for a couple of weeks now. Chastain stars alongside Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") as the heads of an oil business who get caught up in the New York City criminal underworld. Also starring are David Oyelowo ("Middle of Nowhere"), Albert Brooks ("Drive"), Elyes Gabel ("World War Z") and Catalina Sandino Marino ("The Bridge"), while Christopher Abbott (once Charlie on "Girls") and Peter Gerety ("Inside Man") have been added to the cast with undisclosed roles. Here's the official synopsis:“A Most Violent Year” is a thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to »
- Beth Hanna
J.C. Chandor's All Is Lost was a huge step forward for the Margin Call director, and so I'm incredibly excited for his latest picture, A Most Violent Year. The first image and official synopsis have been released for the film, which is set in New York in 1981 and revolves around "an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built." The great cast also includes Albert Brooks, Alfred Molina, and David Oyelowo. Hit the jump to check out the image and synopsis. Via Jessica Chastain. Synopsis via The Playlist: A Most Violent Year is a thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his family trying to expand »
- Matt Goldberg
Following a busy 2013 getting the word out for "All Is Lost," director J.C. Chandor isn't wasting a moment, and is already back to work with his next movie, "A Most Violent Year." And with A24 already planning a fall awards season release, we're not having to wait long at all for our first glimpses of the film. Indeed, Jessica Chastain has already wrapped her work on the movie and on Facebook showed her fans her new look in the '80s set film. Co-starring Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks and Alfred Molina, the film centers on an immigrant trying to make it in the no-holds-barred world of New York City. Here's the official synopsis: A Most Violent Year is a thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant (Oscar Isaac »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director: J.C. Chandor
Writer: J.C. Chandor
U.S. Distributor: A24
He tapped into mindset of Wall Street before the chic of Scorsese, and he reminded us how film is, in its essence, a visual medium by garnishing a sinking boat/solo journey with more food for thought and while Margin Call and not too shabby sophomore feature All is Lost are bold statements and offer a broad idea of his range, J.C. Chandor’s star might shine bright with A Most Violent Year – a big leagues thriller featuring 80′s trimmings and a Chastain/Isaac combo.
Gist: Set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. »
- Eric Lavallee
Jimmy Fallon has clearly come a long way since his bathed-in-sweat premiere hosting “Late Night,” which bore a minor resemblance to Albert Brooks in “Broadcast News.” Yet watching the boyish-looking comic make his debut on “The Tonight Show” Monday, the prevailing sense is NBC’s eagerness to promote him – and elbow Jay Leno toward the exit sign – exhibits a marginal grasp of TV history. Like Conan O’Brien, a more interesting if less accessible talent, Fallon is sure to start well. But one suspects part of Leno’s older audience will drift away, leaving behind some familiar questions about sacrificing reach in the name of younger demos.
O’Brien actually put in 17 years of apprenticeship before he officially got his shot at the 11:35 p.m. slot, only to get a classic lesson in being careful what you wish for. Fallon might be the beneficiary initially in having spent less time as Leno’s lead-out, »
- Brian Lowry
What makes a brilliant script? Is it quotable lines? Is it nuanced dialogue? Or is it just the ability to move the story along and not get in the way? When looking back through the history of screenwriting, there are plenty of iconic films based on previous work; the Writer’s Guild of America voted Casablanca the greatest screenplay of all time, but it’s adapted. So, what is the most important piece of film writing ever written directly for the screen? This list will shift from American to international, conventional to unconventional. Most importantly, these are the scripts that demonstrate how “screenwriting from scratch” is done.
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50. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Written by Alain Robbe-Grillet
Empty salons. Corridors. Salons. Doors. Doors. Salons. Empty chairs, deep armchairs, thick carpets. Heavy hangings. Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses. A glass that falls, »
- Joshua Gaul
Moviegoers around the world were shocked today to learn that Philip Seymour Hoffman had died at the age of 46 from an apparent drug overdose. As news of the actor's sudden passing spread, his colleagues and admirers took to social media to express their grief and love for a truly undeniable talent.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, 1967-2014
"I'm so shocked, and so sad hearing of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death. I enjoyed playing with him on the Big Lebowski. He was such a wonderful guy, and so damn talented, a real treasure. »
Hollywood lost another legendary performer on Feb. 2, when Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment at the age of 46.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his his West Village, New York City apartment on Feb. 2, and his former co-stars and countless admirers instantly took to Twitter to mourn the Capote actor’s death.
Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies: Celebs Mourn Death On Twitter
Philip was one of the most celebrated actors of his generation; gracing us with his talent in great films like Capote — a film that nabbed him an Oscar for Best Actor — Doubt, The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous and, most recently, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He was called an “actor’s actor” and drew rave reviews for pretty much everything he ever did, so it’s no surprise that Hollywood is in mourning.
heartbroken and shocked. what a true loss. rest in peace, Philip Seymour Hoffman »
- Shaunna Murphy
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment Sunday morning, according to the New York Police Department. The 46-year-old Hoffman, an Oscar winning actor, is survived by three children. Hollywood has been rocked by the news of his death, and an outpouring across the Twitterverse and beyond has begun. Read some of their tweets and feelings below. How do you feel about Hoffman’s passing? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
“I’m very, very saddened by the passing of Phil,” said Robert de Niro. “He was a wonderful actor. This is one of those times where you say, ‘This just shouldn’t be. He was so young and gifted and had so much going, so much to live for’. My family and I send our deepest condolences to his family.”
“There are no words,” said George Clooney. “It’s just terrible.”
“It was a revelation for »
- Variety Staff
Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in New York City at the age of 46.
His death has sparked an outpouring of tributes from those in the entertainment industry and beyond.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was such a great gift to the world. I am silenced to tears.
— Dane DeHaan (@danedehaan) February 2, 2014
Phillip Seymour Hoffman was not only a genius actor but a kind, generous man Rip
— Andie MacDowell (@AndieMacDowell3) February 2, 2014
So sad to hear about the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman. A brilliant actor. Very kind on the few occasions I met him.
— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) February 2, 2014
So horrible. Rip Philip Seymour Hoffman.
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) February 2, 2014
Rest in peace Philip Seymour Hoffman. You were one of the best. You're gone way too soon. »
Josh Olson on Noir! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Olson opting to introduce a contemporary noir, Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive."Danish director Winding Refn received the Cannes Film Festival’s Best Director award for his 2011 film about a stuntman who picks up extra cash as a getaway driver. An art-house action movie in the tradition of Wages Of Fear and Road Warrior, the film stars Ryan Gosling as the existential stunt man along with a remarkable supporting cast including Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman and Albert Brooks, who won several critic’s awards including the National Society of Film Critics for Best Supporting Actor. »
- Trailers From Hell
Fresh off a well-received turn as Louis Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, British thesp David Oyelowo has joined the already-impressive cast of All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor’s next project: the 1981 crime drama A Most Violent Year.
Set in New York City during the cruel winter of 1981, a year that saw one of the all-time highest rates of violent crime for the city, A Most Violent Year follows an immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his family as they attempt to build a successful life for themselves without getting dragged into the crime, corruption and moral decay of the day.
Oyelowo is the latest casting coup for the hotly-anticipated drama. We already knew that Isaac would be joined in A Most Violent Year by Jessica Chastain, a two-time Oscar nominee for The Help and Zero Dark Thirty, but Drive actor Albert Brooks also signed on for the project earlier this week, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Writer/director J.C. Chandor has only made two feature films, but has already proven to have an amazing ability in attracting A-list stars to his work. In 2011 he brought the likes of Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, and more together to star in the financial drama Margin Call, and last year he had Robert Redford star in the critically-acclaimed one man show that was All Is Lost. The filmmaker is already starting to get this third movie in front of cameras, the period drama A Most Violent Year, and today brings reports that he has lured yet another big name to the project. Deadline is now reporting that with both Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain on-board, A Most Violent Year has cast Albert Brooks to play a supporting role. Based on an original screenplay by Chandor, the film is set in 1981 New York City, »
Having made a much welcoming comeback to our screens in the likes of Drive and This Is 40, the hilarious acting and stand-up genius looks to continue his resurgence with a major role in writer/director J.C. Chandor’s latest film. Yes, Albert Brooks has joined Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in the rising young filmmaker’s A Most Violent Year. The project was picked up for for domestic distribution by A24 during the Sundance Film Festival and will be financed by Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
Chandor first impressed us with the terrific, all-star financial nail-biter Margin Call before setting sail with Robert Redford-led survival thriller, All Is Lost. Brooks will play the attorney to Isaac’s immigrant, who, along with his family, is looking grow his business but finds himself clashing with the New York City’s organised crime element. The title of the film »
- Craig Hunter
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